Council Eyes Tobacco Use

Riverbank will address the use of tobacco in its parks during the city council meeting on Monday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m. in the Community Center at 3600 Santa Fe.

Working with Doctors Medical Center, the city is proposing to set up smoke free zones within city parks. It already restricts smoking in the skate park and picnic areas and children’s playgrounds within other parks.

The council will set fees for public use of the Plaza Del Rio now under construction at Third and Santa Fe streets. The proposed fees are $25 per day for non-profit groups, $50 for residents and $100 for non-residents plus electrical and security fees as required.

The agenda also includes the second reading and adoption of new ordinances on consumption of alcohol in the Plaza Del Rio, setting up a local center to handle emergencies and handling damage claims against the city.

Presentations include recognition of Cardozo Middle School student Rolaun Dunham who won a third place and bronze medal in the 12-13 year old boys basketball division of the US Junior Olympics on July 24.

A public hearing on new sewer rates has been postponed until Sept. 28 but the council will take public testimony on Sept. 14.

Council also will take a look at modification of the “social host” ordinance that holds homeowners responsible for allowing under age youth to assemble and drink alcohol in their home.

Before the council meeting, the local Redevelopment Authority will meet at 6 p.m. to discuss progress with transfer of the former Army Ammunition Plant to the city’s control and the possibility the Army may hand over parts of the property earlier than scheduled while still retaining responsibility for cleanup of ground contamination.


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